CHOCOLATE AND THE HIDDEN CRIME
“The dark side of chocolate”, a documentary which shook the whole world although it wasn’t the first time when it was reported by authorities and corporates but it was for the very first time when it was in public domain.
Children between age of 12-15 years were forced to do labor work. Slavery and child abuses were common in Cocoa plantation and here again Nestle name comes as not being a stranger to all these ill practices.
International Labor Rights Fund filed a lawsuit against Nestle and others in 2005 on behalf of the three Malian children after cocoa industry came to limelight. The suit included the charges of child trafficking, slavery, beatings, abuses and many more concerns but the most controversial judgement of US district court stated that corporations can’t be blamed for international law violations.
But the fact lies here is that purchasing of cocoa from those site will always be an incentive to those miscreants and curse to millions of children. Even if Nestle was not legally liable but there exists some moral obligation and ethics that too when a company is dealing with chocolates and child care products.
Instead of this Nestle was found to be a place where there was no child labour and abuse checks, as reported by Fair Labor Association. Injuries caused by machetes were also found, it’s the same tool which is used to harvest cocoa pods but the company ignored every allegations by saying “everyone does it”.
As reported by Fair Labor Association, Nestle was always aware of the place and situations from where their cocoa was coming but did a very little to improve the condition.
WAKE UP TO THE REALITY ! CHOCOLATES AREN’T THAT TASTY TO ENJOY NEITHER ARE THE FIRMS TO SMILE.